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Former Ashland mayor runs for Talent council

John Morrison, a former mayor and city councilman in Ashland, will run for seat 3 on the Talent City Council, a position he was appointed to in March to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Bryan Roberts. The election is Nov. 2.

"I understand there are about three other people (running), and while I think they are good candidates, certainly none of them have been on the City Council before," said Morrison. "I offer experience that the others don't."

Morrison also said he has strong relationships with regional organizations, such as the Rogue Valley Area Commission on Transportation, the Rogue Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, where he previously worked.

He says those ties are important for Talent when it seeks money for street projects and other improvements.

When he accepted the appointment in March, Morrison said he wasn't interested in running for office, but would consider doing so if things worked out well. He said other council members have encouraged him to run.

Morrison lived in Talent from the fourth grade through high school and said he has always regarded the city as his home town.

He acknowledged living in Talent during the majority of his final year in office as Ashland's mayor, saying he could not afford the housing costs in Ashland.

He moved back permanently to Talent when his term as Ashland mayor ended in 2008.